Invokana FAQ | Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Kidney Failure Lawsuit Information

Invokana FAQs

In light of recent FDA warnings about serious and potentially fatal Invokana side effects, our lawyers are currently investigating Invokana lawsuits in all 50 states. We understand that patients and family members affected by Invokana diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney failure, and other side effects have many questions about the causes of their suffering and who may be responsible. It is our hope that the following Invokana FAQs help type 2 diabetes patients and others who have suffered from Invokana side effects gain a more thorough understanding of this situation and their rights.


What is Invokana?

Invokana (canagliflozin) was approved by the FDA in 2013 to help patients with type 2 diabetes maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Invokana is a member of the newest class of diabetes drugs called SGLT2 inhibitors, along with:

 

  • Invokamet
  • Farxiga
  • Xigduo XR
  • Jardiance

 

SGLT2 (sodium glucose co-transporter 2) inhibitors work to inhibit the membrane in the kidneys which allows sugar which has passed through the kidneys to re-enter a patient’s bloodstream. This has been effective in helping many patients maintain proper blood sugar levels, and may also help some patients lose weight—a claim which may appeal greatly to diabetes patients. However, the effect of Invokana on kidney function also increases the risk of several severe side effects.


What Side Effects are linked to Invokana?

Invokana and other SGLT2 inhibitors have been linked with multiple severe and even possibly fatal side effects. Most recently, the FDA issued a warning about Invokana diabetic ketoacidosis, which could lead to coma, heart attack, or even death. Other Invokana side effects may include

 

  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney failure
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Yeast infections
  • Heart attack
  • Dehydration
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Rapid and unsafe weight loss

 

Many patients are claiming that Invokana side effects are too severe and that the drug is by nature unsafe. In fact, the ISMP (Institute for Safe Medication Practices) reports that Invokana has received more adverse event reports than 92% of the drugs they monitor.


What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

The FDA published a warning of Invokana diabetic ketoacidosis on May 15, 2015. In roughly the first year that Invokana was available in the United States, the FDA had received 20 reports of patients requiring hospital treatment for SGLT2 inhibitor diabetic ketoacidosis.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, diabetic ketoacidosis is a result of too many ketones in the blood. Ketones are acids which are the byproduct of the body’s attempt to gain fuel from fat and muscles when there is not enough glucose to convert to energy. High levels of ketones are poisonous, and this condition could lead to coma, heart attack, kidney failure, or even death.


What about Invokana Kidney Failure?

Another serious Invokana side effect of which patients must be aware is kidney damage or even kidney failure. Because the goal of SGLT2 inhibitors like Invokana is to inhibit normal kidney function so that sugars may be expelled through urine, patients who use these drugs are at a significantly higher risk for serious or even fatal kidney problems.

In 2015, the ISMP reported that many of the 457 adverse event reports they received regarding Invokana in the first year the drug was available were linked to renal issues or renal (kidney) failure.


Do I have an Invokana Lawsuit Claim?

In Invokana lawsuits, patients and families who have suffered or lost a loved one due to Invokana side effects can pursue compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. Many plaintiffs are now claiming that the company behind Invokana, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, knew or should have known of the severity and likelihood of Invokana diabetic ketoacidosis, kidney failure, and other side effects but that they failed to warn of these risks to protect their own profits.

If you believe you may be entitled to compensation in an Invokana lawsuit, our dangerous drug lawyers are ready to help you. Please contact us today for a free evaluation of your claim.